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Operation Thrasher 001


Rhodesia - AO Thrasher - Border with Mozambique - Winter 1975









1. REGION: Eastern Rhodesia, border with Mozambique

2. WEATHER: Clear Skies; 97F ; Wind <1kn NNE; Dawn 0415 IGT; Dusk 1900 IGT

3. TERRAIN: Rolling Hills, mix of Rural with large cities

The Rhodesian Security Forces(RSF) have sought to defend the countries borders; however, since the size of the country is roughly 1 & 1/2 times the size of Great Britain, the RSF have struggled to maintain a tight hold on the countries expansive borders. A new front has opened up in the war, following the destabilization of the Portuguese colony of Mozambique. ZANU Guerrillas run rampant and control large swathes of the border lands between Mozambique and Rhodesia. ZANU are exploiting the inability of the Portuguese to control their colony's rural areas and are using Mozambique as a safe harbor to gather their strength, be trained by the North Korean and Cuban Armies, and launch assaults into Rhodesia from the east. 

Due to this massive border, the RSF have resorted to creating small outposts, 5km apart, along the border, manned by a single platoon of Rhodesian forces, to attempt to police the area, locate, and destroy any ZANU forces attempting to infiltrate, attack, or operate in Rhodesian soil. Additionally, recognizing the shared threat that ZANU posses to both Mozambique & Rhodesia, the Portuguese Governor of Mozambique has granted the RSF unilateral freedom to operate, 3km deep into the border of Mozambique.

1st Platoon, Alpha Company, of the Rhodesia Light Infantry Battalion, have been reassigned from the Zambian border, and have been ordered to construct a patrol base within the Mutumbara sector of the border with Mozambique. 1st Platoon will establish a Patrol Base from which it will conduct patrols along the border, establish relations with the locals on both sides of the border, attempt to locate and root out ZANU forces operating in the Area.

Additionally, Fire Force 3, has been dispatched to the sector, to act a quick reaction force for all units along the Mozambique Border. Fire Force 3, consists of 3 x Alloutte 3 Transport Helicopters (Commonly known as "G-Cars") and 1 x Alloutte 3 w side mounted MG 151/20 20mm Cannon (Commonly known as a "Lynx"). Fire Force 3, may provide transport & assist ground forces with everything from conducting "Fire Force" Air Assaults as well as transporting Humanitarian supplies.

a. Enemy Disposition

  1. Unknown number of ZANU Forces operating in the Borderlands

    1. ZANU infiltrators seeking to cross the border with men and supplies & inflitrate Rhodesian Towns, gather more men, kill Rhodesian Loyalists & White Farmers
    2. ZANU Training Camps located in the Borderlands with Cuban & North Korean Advisors

b. Friendly Disposition

  1. None at this time

c. 1970s - Rules of Engagement

On order from your commander, enemy military and paramilitary forces are declared hostile and may be attacked subject to the following instructions:

  1. Positive Identification (PID) is required prior to engagement. PID is a reasonable certainty that the proposed target is a legitimate military target. If no PID, contact your next highest commander for decision.
  2. Do not engage anyone who has surrendered, or is unarmed or wounded. 
  3. Any requests for fire support or close air support within 600 Meters of a civilian center must first get authorization from commanding officer. 
  4. Require authorization & PID, before High Explosives are cleared within 200 meters of a village. 



Maps of the Province:

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Map of the AO:









Notes from Commander:

  • All requests for Close Air Support/Medevac/Resupply/Insertion are to go to Mako 1-6 on FREQ 60.0. Mako 1-6 will contact Rattler 1-6 on FREQ 50.0 to request an asset to assist 1st Platoon as necessary. Once the asset is in the area of Operation for Mako 1-6, Infantry can contact the bird via CAS Net FREQ 45.0 to guide in the bird/direct close air support.
  • If an infantry element is in threat of being overrun and requires immediate assistance, they may declare a "Tactical Emergency" to Mako 1-6, who will then have Rattler 1-6 redirect all available air assets to Mako 1-6's Area of Operation to prevent the unit from being overrun.





1st Platoon, A. Company, Rhodesian Light Infantry (RLI)

1st Platoon is acting as a quick reaction force of the Company. Reacting and assisting friendly units across the city. 1st Platoon must be prepared to travel across town quickly, and at a moments notice be ready to return to the garrison to help evacuate civilians and friendly units to Plei Mei Special Forces Camp.

1st Platoon

PRIMARY TASKING: Establish Patrol Base Sunray

SECONDARY TASKING: Build and man a border crossing checkpoint

TERTIARY TASKING: Patrol the local towns and establish contact with the locals / Send out Patrols along the border

Fire Force 3

PRIMARY TASKING: Fly 1st Platoon to PB Sunray

SECONDARY TASKING: Fly in Supplies for the PB & Humanitarian Aid

TERTIARY TASKING: Locate and establish your own base of operations for all Ariel vehicles, which you will operate out of in the future.





Call Signs

  • "Mako 6",                    1LT J. Kauffman
  • "Mako 1-6",                SSG A. Cummings
  • "Mako 1-6 R"             N/A
  • "Mako 1-1",                SSG D. Jordan
  • "Mako 1-2",                SGT K. Kersemeier
  • "Rattler 1-6",              2LT K. Grorud
  • "Rattler 1-1",              CW4 T. Sadler

Hand Signals

  • Control + Num 5 = Rally/Set//Affirmative
  • Control + Num 2 = Halt/Hold/Stop/Negative
  • Control + Num 6 = Engage
  • Control + Num 4 = Go/Move/



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